Below is a list of partners and resources working in or who may be of interest to those working in EdTech in the Syrian crisis.  

Consortia, campaigns, InITIAtives and NETWORKS

All Children Reading:  Launched by USAID, World Vision and the Australian Government , ACR is an ongoing series of grant and prize competitions leveraging science and technology for scalable solutions to improve literacy skills of early grade learners in developing countries.

IASC Education Cluster: Open formal forum bringing together NGOs, UN agencies, academics, and other partners for coordination and collaboration on education in emergencies.

Global Business Coalition for Education:  Platform bringing together the business community to accelerate progress in delivering quality education for all of the world’s children and youth. 

Global Reading Network:  USAID-funded network of donors, practitioners, government officials, and national and international civil society organizations working to improve reading outcomes for primary grade children around the world.

Information and Communications Technology Organisation Jordan: Membership-based advocacy, support and networking association for those working in the ICT and IT enabled services industries.

Inter-Agency Network for Education in Emergencies (INEE): International network of practitioners working for NGOs, UN agencies, governments, donors, students, teachers, and researchers focused on education in emergencies. 

NetHope: Consortium joining the world’s largest nonprofits with technology innovators worldwide to find ways in which technology can improve the world.

No Lost Generation Tech Taskforce: Part of the broader No Lost Generation initiative, the Taskforce (set up by NetHope) supports collaboration within the development sector and cross-sector with a focus on ICT-enabled, evidence-based programs for refugee education. 

No Lost Generation: Initiative supporting children and youth impacted by the Syria crisis, covering Syria, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt.

World Refugee School: Global initiative by a group of leading technology, education, and international development companies to improve learning outcomes for refugee and forcibly displaced children and youth. 


Careem: Chauffeur-driven car booking service available in Dubai for booking a car for daily rides.

Cisco: Worldwide provider of IT and networking services. 

Google: Multinational technology company specializing in Internet-related services and products.

Integrated Technology Group:Jordan-based technology company specialised in E-Learning and technology solutions for government. 

ITWORX: Global IT Services firm providing cloud-based and on-premises solutions.

Microsoft: Multinational technology company working in computer software, consumer electronics and personal computers and services. 

Pearson: Multinational publishing and education company.

Rubikomm: Telecom solutions provider focused on platforms, content services and mobile applications.

TechKnowledge: Specialized electronic information solutions provider in the Middle East. 

Zain: Mobile and data services operator in eight Middle Eastern and African countries.  


*Corporate and tech companies that participated in the 2017 NLG EdTech Summit.


Creative Associates: Company providing on-the-ground development services and partnerships to deliver solutions to global challenges.


3Asafeer Education Technologies: Platform providing children with Arabic stories that can be read anytime, anywhere, and on any device.

Breteau Foundation: Foundation working to improve academic engagement of disadvantaged children through digital technology and training for teachers.

EDaura: Provides course and classroom management, content distribution, assessments, HTML5 content authoring, reporting and analytics via mobile and web.

Eqra Tech: Arabic speech recognition for learning and other education products.

Facebook Funzi: Mobile learning service with a mission to make quality learning accessible to everyone for free. 

Jabal Amman Publishers: Amman-based publisher aiming to encourage free and creative thinking and restore a promote the knowledge-culture of the Arab World.

Kiwix: Free, open-source offline reader for websites that runs on computers, cellphones and tablets, offering content in 100+ languages. 

Lebanese Alternative Learning: Provides a free of charge, web based e-learning tri-lingual platform based on the Lebanese curriculum.

Libraries Without Borders: NGO working to ensure that people worldwide can live with dignity and the opportunity to thrive through access to information, education and culture.

Little Thinking Minds: Produces educational Arabic content for children under 7, delivered physically and digitally.

Malala Fund: Official organization led by Malala Yousafzai, focused on helping girls go to school and raise their voices for the right to education .

Netfreedom pioneers: Technology non-profit producing communication technologies that create educational opportunities and enable information flow in areas with limited access.

Salassil: E-learning platform that enables teachers and educators to create low cost E-learning content and share lessons with students online. 

Ustad Mobile: Learning management system designed to work in schools in low income, rural and remote areas.

We Love Reading: NGO working to foster a love of reading among children, and to create change makers through reading. 

Worldreader: NGO aiming to create a world where everyone is a reader through technology, curation and fieldwork.


Australian Aid: Official Australian government organisation for delivering foreign aid.

NORAD: Norwegian government development agency, responsible also for EduApp4Syria

USAID: United States Government agency responsible for delivering civilian foreign aid. 

Incubators and support

Oasis 500: Seed investment company and business accelerator in MENA for the technology and creative industries.

Startup Boat: Incubator enabling entrepreneurs and key stakeholders to cooperate to create technology-based solutions to social challenges.

UNHCR Innovation Unit: UNHCR initiative for collaboration with UNHCR Divisions, refugees, academia, and the private sector to address complex refugee challenges.

UNICEF Innovation Fund: Newly established, non-thematic, pooled fund specifically designed to finance early stage, open-source technology that can benefit children. 

Wamda: Platform of programs and networks that aims to accelerate entrepreneurship ecosystems across MENA.

Non-governmental organizations & UN AGENCIES

Carey Institute for Global Good: Independent, US not-for profit dedicated to making a better world by contributing to a strong, educated and just society.

Mercy Corps: Global humanitarian aid agency working in transitional environments that have experienced natural disaster, economic collapse, or conflict. 

Relief International: Nonprofit organization responding to natural disasters, humanitarian emergencies and chronic poverty. 

Save the Children: International non-governmental organization that works to ensure every child has the right to survival, protection, development and participation.

UNHCR: UN agency mandated to protect and support refugees.

UNICEF: UN agency working to protect the rights of children. 

War Child: NGO working to empower children and young people in conflict areas through psychosocial support, protection and education.

World Vision: Global Christian relief, development and advocacy organization.


Cisco Networking Academy: IT skills and career building program for learning institutions and individuals worldwide.

Kiron Open Higher Education: Social start-up university providing higher education and learning for refugees through digital solutions.

Norwegian University of Science and Technology: University specialized in technology and the natural sciences

Re:coded: Coding bootcamp for refugees and displaced youth.

RebookKamp: Coding bootcamp and career accelerator to train software engineers.

Southern New Hampshire University: American private, nonprofit, coeducational, and nonsectarian university.

UCL Network for Research in Education, Conflict and Emergencies: Network which is part of University College, London's Institute of Education.